HP Decides to Kill Off webOS Devices, May License OS
Perfect opportunity for HTC
Also, while I understand the lack of app development for WebOS, it is amazing how dependant society has become on apps. My honest opinion is that WebOS is currently untouchable other than lack of apps. That is too bad. Because I don't feel the need for 200,000 apps. If I have 20 daily used apps, I think that is sufficient.
I really love WebOS and feel HP continued the legacy of fa...
T Bone said:
I like WebOS, but honestly, two companies have failed to make it successful, what does HTC have that Palm and HP do not? A good product, yes, but apparently one without much market appeal.
Exactly. It's not just the hardware. No one wants webOS. It's a bitter pill to swallow but thats the reality of the situation and why in the hell would a manufacturer such as HTC pay HP a license fee for software which nobody uses or wants when they can use Android for free!
Android isn't free. HTC Pays Microsoft a license fee, they're about to pay Apple a license fee, and Oracle will soon be paid handsomely as well
Second, it's now a competitor's OS. That means Motorola devices are going to be the ones with the most Google input. Google dumped 12 billion on Motorola. That's more than their past two years of profit combined. Regardless of what it gets Google and HTC in terms of patents, this is a company that just lost 46 million dollars that Google has to make profitable. Wanna know how well that'll work?
If HP takes ownership of WebOS (and they should, simply licensing it won't work) , it's got itself covered. It can distinguish its handsets from Motorola and Sams...
WebOS has been day-late-dollar-short with every device it's been on since the very start at best. At worst, it was plagued with nightmarishly poor hardware with extremely high failure rates.
If new hardware comes, so will the developers. It's hard to be enthusiastic about developing for a platform with 18 month old hardware.
Don't get me wrong, I think WebOS is great, unfortunately great products don't always succeed.
While WebOS is a fantastic product to those that are in the know, general public perception doesn't understand that. People are not going to buy a phone, no matter how nice the hardware, that has not had any sucess for the last couple of years.
HTC made their name with Android. Remember all of their options with Windows 6.x? Horrible..
In order to make WebOS a viable option in the marketplace they need to figure out how to make it as versatile as the rest of the sucessful OS's. Without 3 party app support, WebOS is dead in the water.
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